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Blackberry Iced Tea

This is so refreshing, and is such a treat to serve with lunch and to take out with you on picnics. Itís also a great alternative to nasty fizzy drinks from the supermarket, especially when your kids helped pick the berries themselves.


Makes 7 small cups

3 cups blackberries, washed and dried
1¾ cups of sugar
1 small handful of chopped fresh mint
half a teaspoon of baking soda
4 cups boiling water
2 tea bags (caffeinated or decaffeinated)
2½ cups cold water


  • Add the mint and the baking soda and leave the mix to one side.
  • Make the tea using the tea bags and boiling water, allowing the tea to steep for around 3 minutes before throwing away the teabags.
  • Pour the tea over the blackberry mix and leave it to stand for around an hour at room temperature.
  • Finally, strain the tea through a sieve into a serving jug to remove the solids, add the cold water and a generous scoop of ice-cubes and stir to ensure the sugar has dissolved.
  • Pour into chilled glasses, take a seat in the sun with some friends and then enjoy!

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

1 hour 10 minutes including 1 hour standing time.

Notes & Variations on Blackberry Iced Tea

Instead of throwing away your teabags, you could add them to your compost, let them cool a little and then place them over your eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Or tear them open and sprinkle the tea leaves on the soil around your rose bushes like my Nana used to! This provides a massive nitrogen boost to the soil, and the worms seem to love teaÖ Maybe I should be offering them a slice of blackberry cake too!

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